There are some teaching moments in life so profound they become a family tradition — picking up trash may just be one of them.
Ocean Hour is the world’s first international weekly cleanup. They leverage social media and technology to electronically organize cleanups around the world on a weekly basis.
Yes, Pensacola has its very own chapter that started leveraging Facebook to communicate with the audience in January of 2013.
Every Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., at various locations around Escambia and Santa Rosa County, the groups meet at local beaches, rivers, lakes, and waterways to clean up trash and debris.
Most recently the group met at and cleaned up the Project GreenShores area at the end of the three mile bridge, and Naval Live Oaks headquarters in Gulf Breeze.
Your next opportunity to join in the fun family event is Saturday, April 26 when they meet at Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach near the Outpost convenience store. Be sure to bring a hat, gloves and water.
The organizers encourage you to make it a new tradition, invite friends, bring family, meet for breakfast or lunch afterwards, go for a surf or paddle and take pictures of the trash you’ve collected. Then come home and share your stories and photos with them on the www.facebook.com/oceanhour or your local chapter page www.facebook.com/oceanhourflorida to inspire others. They are keeping a digital scrapbook of all the trash they have collected from around the world.
Ocean Hour gives you an immediate opportunity to participate in something special that’s worldwide, and it builds a sense of community and pride. Social media is a fun and exciting way to connect and share our lives with others; let’s leverage these new tools to make a positive impact on our planet and enjoy ourselves in the process.
An active group in this effort has claimed the name, Cleanpeace. They have a Facebook page too www.facebook.com/cleanpeace and it is a great way to keep track of the efforts even if you cannot join an actual clean-up.
Whether it’s just you or you are with your family, a group of friends, or an entire organization, join them for Ocean Hour on Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Every single one of us can make a difference; start the weekend off right and spend an hour giving back to the ocean.
WHEN: Every Saturday from 9-10 a.m.
COST: There is only a cost if we don’t clean up
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